(1) 2 3 4 »
psymongreen psymongreen
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 8/11/2010 11:10
  • From Avon
  • Group: FK Supporter Registered Users Caresheets Deep End
  • Posts: 1029
  • Posted on: 16/8/2012 12:27
Psy's little Marine Cube #1
Hi Guys,

I've got a Dennerle Nano Marinus 60 sat empty ready and waiting and thought that if I started a thread, it might motivate me to finally finish the lounge DIY and start the set up

My current thinking is to go with a TMC V2 PowerBox 100 Nano External for Mechanical filtration (plus a few of the other pads like phosphate etc), about 7kg of live rock, Reef sand, TMC V2 Auto Top Up and either one of these protein skimmers: Hydor Slim Skim Nano / Tunze Nano DOC. I'm looking at sticking with the Nano Marinus ReefLight that comes with the kit, as I'm probably only looking at soft corals and Polyps to start with anyway.

In terms of stocking, I was thinking of maybe a pair of Neon Gobies, or something like Gobiodon okinawae instead. Then maybe one of the following pairings:

* A pair of tank bred Bengaii Cardinals.
* My OH was looking at a pair of Percula clowns, but I have seen very conflicting advice on tank size for these.
* I would have liked a Purple firefish but was worried about jumping and a royal Gramma, but again, very conflicting advice on tank size (from a min of 40L up to a min of 140L!)

And of course a blue or red legged hermit or 2, a few snails, maybe a boxer crab, Cleaner shrimp and a feather duster.

All comments gratefully received, pics will follow I am sure.

Psy
Critch Critch
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 15/12/2008 22:22
  • From Lancashire
  • Group: Basic Membership Registered Users Deep End
  • Posts: 1093
  • Posted on: 16/8/2012 13:55
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #2
he he get it sorted,

all sounds good.cannot recomend either skimmers as not used either,

i would use a phosphate remover like ROWA phos, from day one,

i would avoid Gobiodon okinawae, as these are suprisingly delicate and shy, not a good starter marine fish.

i have kept 2 clowns in a 40ltr,alot of experianced keepers advised this was okay,
not sure i would again.. i would be okay with keeping them in a 60ltr,this seems to be the min bench mark, some may not agree,and pref 90ltrs as a min.

Bengaii Cardinals seem to be more fin than fish, so they would be okay i think in a 60ltr,

Cleaner shrimp, are awsome i nearly cried when mine called Jaques died, i actually shut the tank down after this. he used to sit on my hand when i was cleaning the tank or feeding my sun coral...

goood luck

PS I STILL HAVE THAT MARINE FOOD NEXT TIME I AM DOWN YOUR WAY

PAUL
__________________

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad!
I dont keep fish i keep water the fish are only there for decoration
psymongreen psymongreen
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 8/11/2010 11:10
  • From Avon
  • Group: FK Supporter Registered Users Caresheets Deep End
  • Posts: 1029
  • Posted on: 16/8/2012 14:52
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #3
Thanks for the fish advice - now I've got a tough choice ahead (well, I will have in a few months when the tank is mature )

Jaques sounds like he was a right character - I can see why you got upset. I always end up spending ages watching them in my LFSs.
suey2 suey2
  • Coldwater Moderator
  • Coldwater Moderator
  • Joined: 21/2/2006 14:46
  • From London
  • Group: Caresheets Moderators Registered Users Advisers Image Admin
  • Posts: 10141
  • Posted on: 16/8/2012 20:22
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #4
You know I know almost nothing about marines but I'm an expert in procrastination of DIY - get on with it man!

Looking forward to updates, will be watching this space Would it help if I periodically offered sage advice on DIY accompanied by various words of motivation?
It's Not Just A Fish
psymongreen psymongreen
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 8/11/2010 11:10
  • From Avon
  • Group: FK Supporter Registered Users Caresheets Deep End
  • Posts: 1029
  • Posted on: 27/8/2012 16:56
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #5
Update time:

After spending hours hunting on the internet, I resorted to popping in to my LFS that specialises in Marines to look for a sump for my new cube.

I was so impressed - he got me to sketch out what I was thinking of, then, after some thought took me out the back and showed me a couple they had in and explained to me what he thought was the best option to make sure there were no dead spots. All this for just ?45! After my look on line, this looks to be a bargain.

If anyone around Bristol is ever looking for anything similar, I'm happy to pass on their details

New Question:
Now, next bit of research is return pumps. As the total volume will be around 70 to 80 litres with live rock, I'm going to be looking for something rated to 800 lph. My concern is that most pumps seem to give the height and the litres, but not how many litres you will actually get if you have it going to almost the maximum head.

I know the pump I use for water changes has much less flow when the pipe is extended all the way in to my tank.

Basically, I'm after recommendations for a quiet pump that should be able to get the flow I need. I was thinking of the Eheim Compact 1000 or Hydor Universal L30. I'm wondering if these will be too much flow though...

Edit: Just used an advanced volume calculator which takes into account liverock etc and my total volume after everything else will be about 65l.
psymongreen psymongreen
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 8/11/2010 11:10
  • From Avon
  • Group: FK Supporter Registered Users Caresheets Deep End
  • Posts: 1029
  • Posted on: 11/9/2012 12:04
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #6
This is getting exciting now! My custom made sump has now arrived, I've got a good TMC return pump and all the pipework. Guess I've just got to do some drilling, and setting up now

The backing is not attached yet, I'm just using the lid clips to hold it off the floor.

Tank on it's custom made stand (with pipework still in box):
Original Image
2012-09-11 12.26.34 by psymongreen, on Flickr

The Custom made sump:
Original Image
2012-09-11 12.26.49 by psymongreen, on Flickr
Critch Critch
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 15/12/2008 22:22
  • From Lancashire
  • Group: Basic Membership Registered Users Deep End
  • Posts: 1093
  • Posted on: 11/9/2012 17:30
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #7
That would make an ace planted set up lol,
Keep posting as it builds up,
Ps how's the Cardinals??
__________________

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad!
I dont keep fish i keep water the fish are only there for decoration
psymongreen psymongreen
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 8/11/2010 11:10
  • From Avon
  • Group: FK Supporter Registered Users Caresheets Deep End
  • Posts: 1029
  • Posted on: 12/9/2012 11:31
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #8
Planted set up indeed!

The remaining 7 Cardinals all seem to be doing well so far. Touch wood and all the other superstitious things I can think of. I'm hoping the constant dose of meds may have killed anything free swimming in the tank and maybe they may escape

Still, I'll be leaving it a fair few months before I think of adding anything else to that tank - probably next year.
Critch Critch
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 15/12/2008 22:22
  • From Lancashire
  • Group: Basic Membership Registered Users Deep End
  • Posts: 1093
  • Posted on: 12/9/2012 11:37
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #9
Glad things are on the mend,
Are they TMC flex LEDs I spot in a box in the tank?
__________________

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad!
I dont keep fish i keep water the fish are only there for decoration
psymongreen psymongreen
  • Home away from home
  • Home away from home
  • Joined: 8/11/2010 11:10
  • From Avon
  • Group: FK Supporter Registered Users Caresheets Deep End
  • Posts: 1029
  • Posted on: 12/9/2012 14:46
Re: Psy's little Marine Cube #10
They certainly are - I've got a set on my Amazon tank and they work a treat.

Still want to get a protein skimmer and a sump light - going to stick some live rock in there if I have room...